Oliver Dunnett


  • Room 02.031 - Geography Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am currently recruiting for a fully-funded PhD studentship for a project entitled 'Placing Astronomy: Landscape, Space and Science at Armagh Observatory, 1790-1916'. The project would suit someone who has, or is currently working towards, a Masters degree in a humanities subject, ideally in Human Geography or History of Science. Potential candidates should email me before March 16th 2020.


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Research Interests

As a cultural, historical and political geographer, my research interests focus on the ways in which cultures of outer space, science and technology are connected to questions of place, landscape and identity in a variety of local, regional and national contexts. I have explored these ideas through research on the British Interplanetary Society, as part of a wider research project that explores cultures of outer space in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the present day. I have further developed these themes in 'geographies of outer space' to examine topics including the moral geographies of light pollution in Britain, the ethics of space exploration in the writings of C S Lewis and the geopolitics of outer space in the works of Arthur C Clarke. I have concurrent research interests in literary geographies, critical geopolitics and the geographies of popular culture, particularly the medium of comics and the genre of science fiction.


BA(hons) Geography, University of Nottingham, 2004
MA Landscape and Culture, University of Nottingham, 2005
PhD Geography, University of Nottingham, 2011
PGCert Higher Education, St. Mary’s University College, 2013


GGY1011 Human Geographies of the Modern World
GGY2054 Cultural and Political Geography
GGY2057 International Fieldwork
GGY3075 Geographies of Outer Space


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Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Stairway to Heaven? Geographies of Space Elevators in Science Fiction

Dunnett, O., 2020, In : Roadsides. 3, p. 42-47 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Geographies of Outer Space: Progress and New Opportunities

Dunnett, O., Maclaren, A. S., Klinger, J., Lane, K. M. D. & Sage, D., 01 Apr 2019, In : Progress in Human Geography. 43, 2, p. 314-336 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    480 Downloads (Pure)

    Imperialism, Technology and Tropicality in Arthur C Clarke's Geopolitics of Outer Space

    Dunnett, O., 31 Jan 2019, In : Geopolitics. 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Geopolitical Cultures of Outer Space: The British Interplanetary Society, 1933-1965

    Dunnett, O., 2017, In : Geopolitics. 22, 2, p. 452 - 473 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    206 Downloads (Pure)

    Contested landscapes: the moral geographies of light pollution in Britain

    Dunnett, O., Oct 2015, In : Cultural Geographies. 22, 4, p. 619-636 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    520 Downloads (Pure)


    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Oliver Dunnett (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Landscape, Culture and Cosmos: Speculative Literary Spaces of HG Wells and Olaf Stapledon

    Oliver Dunnett (Presenter)
    29 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Interstellar Geographies: Project Daedalus and the Outer Space Environment

    Oliver Dunnett (Presenter)
    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Masculinity and Tropical Space Science in the life and works of Arthur C Clarke

    Oliver Dunnett (Presenter)
    May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Royal Geographical Society - Northern Ireland Branch (External organisation)

    Oliver Dunnett (Member)
    01 Sep 2017 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

    CCEA Professional Development Workshop

    Oliver Dunnett (Speaker)
    25 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    90th Anniversary of Tintin

    Oliver Dunnett


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment